ETHS DECA students and adviser earn top honors at state competition
Mar 2, 2018 4:05pm CT
ETHS students participated in the 2018 Illinois State Career Development DECA Competition.
Students from Evanston Township High School competed in the Illinois DECA Career Development Conference in February 2018, with 28 team members participating in the annual competition this year that hosted over 1,300 high school students. In addition to 15 ETHS students placing in the top three at the 2018 Illinois State Career Development DECA Competition, two students earned the opportunity to compete at the International DECA Competition in April. Special recognition was also given to Jenny Weber who was named the 2018 Illinois DECA Marketing Educator of the Year. Weber is a teacher in the ETHS Career & Technical Education Department and is a DECA adviser.
ETHS teacher Jenny Weber, 2018 Illinois DECA Marketing Educator of the Year
Students competed in business/entrepreneurship activities through business role play situations, taking business-oriented exams, presenting written research projects and public relations campaigns, and delivering pitches for new business concepts. “I had the pleasure of working with 15 students individually on a 30-page marketing research paper in various categories … and all 15 placed not only in the top 10 but also in the top three,” remarked Weber. Two students also qualified in their Team Decision Making Event.
The following ETHS students qualified in their written event:
- Jack Caldwell – 1st Place; Community Service Project focusing on Good News Partners
- Michael Barrera – 1st Place; Creative Marketing Project focusing on Buzzd Marketing and working with local businesses to enhance their current marketing strategies
- Ethan Igunbor and Nicholas Perruffel – 2nd Place; Franchise a Business focusing on purchasing franchise rights to Ignite Gaming Lounge
- Nora Ferguson – 1st Place; Franchise a Business focusing on purchasing franchise rights to Fitness Matrix
- Matthew Ho and Jacob Nagle – 1st Place; Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research focusing on Sea Ranch and how to enhance their current customer experience. Nagle also placed in the top 10 in the Entrepreneurship Individual Series Role Play Event.
- Josh Rowzee and Jean Dorelus - 2nd Place; Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research focusing on Chick fil-A and how to enhance their current customer experience
- Sophie Perruffel – 1st Place; Independent Business Plan focusing on opening an Asian Cuisine Restaurant called Blossom
- Margo Levitan – 1st Place; International Business Plan focusing on opening an American Taste Restaurant in Ukraine
- Megan Bezaitis – 2nd Place; Public Relations Project focusing on creating awareness about #WomenInSTEMToday
- Jake Cvetas and Zoe Cvetas – 1st Place; Sports and Entertainment Business Operations Research Event focusing on Sky High Sports and how to enhance their customer experience
- Nate Gavalek – 1st Place; Start-Up a Business plan focusing on developing a business called Helpmates
- Olivia Holland and Georgia Wilson – 6th Place; Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event, Role Play
State winners in first, second and third place are invited to compete in April at the International DECA competition that will host over 17,000 students from across the United States as well as from other countries such as Mexico, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, China, and Germany.